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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

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P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
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+61 (03) 5442 4513

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Opening Hours

Closed for Restoration

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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BELT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Leather belt with rounded end and hooked clasp on the other. Two world war one buckles are attached. One in German and the other Turkish. the German buckle features a crown and the words "Gott Mit Uns" and is made from steel. The Turkish buckle features a crescent and star with writing Arabic and in made from brass.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name (indecipherable) Mannhein/1915/96 stamped on end of belt.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black and white photo of the stage erected for the Gracie Field Concert. On the rear of the photo are 13 hand written lines describing the scene.

Historical information

The Gracie Fields concert was held in 1945 in Borneo. In the collection belonging to Keith David Livingston VX136969 2nd AIF. Refer 1911P for service history.

PAMPHLET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Propaganda pamphlet printed by US government. White cardboard with yellow rectangle with images of flags and text in three languages. Titled "Chieu Hoi The Winning Ticket"

Historical information

These pamphlets were part of the "Chieu Hoi" (open arms) campaign designed to encourage North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers to defect. They granted a soldier free passage through US/South Vietnamese held territory. They were dropped over the countryside as well individually. This item souvenired by Geoff Murray No 3411521, Vietnam 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 22.10.68, Survey Corp 15.10.69 to 15.10.70. Refer 638P.

BOOK

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Record of Service Book A.A.B 83 re H. Atkin.

Historical information

Harry Atkin No VX21935 2nd AIF. Refer 1079P for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

“VX21935 Pte H Atkin”

MEDAL

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal and ribbon not mounted re H.T.Ridge. 1. Pacific Star.

Historical information

Henry Thomas Ridge V57996, VX148845, CMF & 2nd AIF. Refer 475.10, 473P, 495, 496.

Inscriptions & Markings

"VX148845 H.T. Ridge"

EPAULET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Shoulder & arm epaulet, cotton, green, sewn on are 3 patches. .1) Australian flag black edging. 2.) Curved INTERFET white on green, black edge. .3) Round in yellow, blue, white & green peace symbol. Epaulet has a valcro patch for fitting around the arm & a piece to fit over a shoulder uniform epaulet.

Inscriptions & Markings

International Force East Timor - Peace

UNIFORM ACCESORIES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Shirt, light khaki, cotton, long sleeved with patch on each sleeve of Warrant Officer insignia. .2) Tie, khaki, woollen, rib pattern. .3) Belt, black, webb, brass fittings at end. .4) & .5) Belt, brass, keeper clips. .6) & .7) Belt, brass clips. .8) .9) .10) & .11) Hooks, brass, for securing clothing to the belt.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of (3) re S.S Scott. 1. 1919-15 Star. 2. War Medal 1914-19, replica not engraved. 3. Victory Medal, replica not engraved.

Historical information

Stanley Stewart Scott enlisted in the 10th reinforcements 8th Batt AIF on 20.7.15. He transferred to the 57th Batt on 15.3.16. WIA, Shell shock 10.9.16. Hospital with Back Strain on 14.10.16. WIA 28.1.17, Shell wounds face and right arm. WIA 3rd occasion 26.9.17, GSW right leg severe. Discharged from the AIF on 25.4.18.

Inscriptions & Markings

"3142 Pte S.S Scott 8 Bn AIF"

KIT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Accessory items of kit from mannequin .1 & .2 Stirrup .3 Water bottle .4 Belt .5 Bandolier

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark brown & silver colour timber frame with glass, silver grey coloured mount. Black & white formal group portrait photo of soldiers in uniform of the Reinf 7/38 Batt. AIF. Photo No 117 - 1917. Framed information, photocopy, handwritten in white ink on black paper below photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten below photo: Reinf 7/38 Batt. AIF Torpedoed on HMAS Ballarat on ANZAC Day 25.4.1917. These troops when torpedoed upheld the best traditions of the race & their conduct was beyond praise. These were the recipients of the warmest praise from His Majesty The King, General Birdwood KCSI, KCMG, CB CIE DSO; and the Commonwealth High Commissioner, The Hon Andrew Fisher. On printed white label: ALBERT HENRY McKELVIE Enlisted 13.1.1917 REO's 38th Ball AIF, No 3125, aged 21. Embarked 19.2.1917. WIA GSW to arm 5.6.1918. Discharged from the AIF 21.2.1920. McKELVIE is on the R, centre row. Donated by the McKELVIE family. Handwritten in black felt tip pen on back of frame: McELVIE Family.

BUTTONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Uniform button, metal, black, round domed shape. Has a crown over map of Aust with lettering "Australian Military Forces." one lug on rear. .2) Same as .1)

Historical information

Belonged to Capt Warick Rosenthal No TX6321 AAMC. Refer 622.3, 775.

MEDALS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, miniature, court mounted, wt of (4) Re R. ENGLISH. 1. Reserve Force Medal with one clasp 2. National Medal 3. Defence Medal 4.Anniversary of National Service Medal 1951 - 1972

Historical information

Re. W.O. 2 R.M. ENGLISH\ 6 Coy R.A.A.S.C. 6 Coy R.A.C.T. Melb Water TPT Unit 15 TPT SQD R.A..C.T.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) - .6) Shoulder Rank badges, officers, Square in shape , raised with 2 lugs for uniform attachment. .7) "Australia" Shoulder badge, curved , blackened brass, lugs on rear for uniform attachment.

Historical information

Items re Frederick.George East VX64901. Refer 537 medals re WW1and WW11 service history also 517, 538.2.

MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medals, court mounted, set of 2, re F W TRENGOVE 1. War Medal 1914-19 2. Victory Medal

Historical information

Frank William Trengove No 3201 enlisted in the 7th reinforcements 2nd Pioneers on 27.9.1916 age 21 years 5 months. Embarked for England 23.11.1916, embarked for France 5.9.1917, transferred to 38th Batt 17.9.1917, WIA 13.10.1917 Gassed, returned to France 2.4.1918, hospital 15.4.1918 Chest problems, transferred back to 2nd Pioneers 20.6.1918, discharged from the AIF 4.11.1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

3201 A- L- CPL F W TRENGOVE 38 BN AIF

BOOK - The Ridge and the River.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover and card board, white colour print on front, book and spine cover illustrated "Life on Slaten's Knoll" by Harold Abbott. Light brown, black and green colour background. Rising Sun badge on front and back cover. 220 pages. Autobiography.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written in black ink, "Donated by Byo Y Mens Club".

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brown plastic frame with gold trim, glass front, brown paper backing.

Historical information

Roy Henry CLEE No VX28338 enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 20.6.1940 age 24 years. At discharge from the Army on 19.9.1945 he was a Pte in No 37 Employment Coy.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the 50th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War, a grateful nation expresses its thanks to R H CLEE. Signed by Prime Minister, Minister for Veteran's Affairs & Federal Member. Stamp on back: Galleria Framing & Prints.

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Wooden rectangular frame with picture wire. Young Worker Patriotic Guild coloured certificate issued to Jessie Patterson of Milloo School in 1917.

Historical information

Wooden frame is of more recent time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by Minister, Director & Headmaster.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white portrait photograph of Australian WWI Soldier wearing a slouch hat & Rising Sun badge. The image has been artistically enhanced. The frame is ribbed timber.

Historical information

John Leonard Stanley Hammill No 1351 AIF. Refer 396.2 for his service history also 369.

Inscriptions & Markings

J S S HAMMILL No 1351

RIBBONS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Service Ribbons set WWI & WWII mounted on green cardboard backing re BTR CHADD Top row: 1. War Medal 1914-19. 2. Victory Medal 3. 1939-45 Star 4. Africa Star Bottom Row: 1. Pacific Star 2. War Medal 1939-45 with oak leaf clasp 'MID' 3. Australian Service Medal 4. Efficiency Decoration

Historical information

The Service Ribbons relate to Benjamin Thomas Roy Chadd 1st and 2nd AIF. Enlisted on 27.1.1916 No 10594 in Div Signal Company 3 age 20 years. Embarked for overseas 27.5.1916. As a driver in Signals he was WIA on 4.6.1918 GSW to right thigh. Discharged from the AIF on 14.6.1919. At some point he enlisted in the Peace time Army and was promoted to Lieut 3rd Div Signals on 1.7.1921, promoted Major 19.2.1929, to Command 2nd Div Sigs 9.9.1936, 3rd Div Sigs 5.5.1939 then to 7th Div Sigs as Lt Col and transfers to the AIF as VX20311, serves in the Middle East, Syria and Pacific. Discharged from the Army on 9.1.1946 with the rank of Colonel. Refer 2034P.

BOOK - Signal Training Vol III Switchboards UC 10 & 6 Line

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brown soft cover, black printing. 56 pages, plus numerous circuits, black & white photos & a large quantity of glued in amendments.

Historical information

This is an Australian reprint of a British War Office Publication 21.5.1940. Item relates to Desmond Francis BOYLAN, enlisted initially as No S5441 then transferred to the 2nd AIF No SX20194 on 18.7.1942 age 27 years. He was discharged from the Army on 3.9.1946 with the rank of L/Sgt in 2/4th Armoured Regt.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten top right of front cover: High School Senior Cadet Detachment Inside front cover: SX 20194 CPL D T Boylan, HQ Sqn 9 Aust Motor Regt

BOOK - Hospital Ships.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cover with illustraltion of two ships under attack by Japanese Aircraft. There are large explosions behind each ship. rear cover has picture of "watch and Ward" magazine cover." 170 PP including photos

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

21st Anti Tank Regiment staff photograph WWII Queensland. Frame timber metallic paint decoration edge, black and white photograph on fawn cardboard backing, cream mount. Type written label lists 14 names of 21st Anti Tank Regiment WW2 Queensland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written on cardboard backing faded blue ink "with love from Noel" "Queensland" - below photograph.

MOSQUITO NET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Mosquito net. Very close mesh. Plain cotton in khaki green. Rectangular shape with loops at top corners for suspending.

Historical information

The item was issued to Quentin Clifford Binks VX114178 2nd AIF. Refer 1835 for his service history.

UNIFORM, CAMOUFLAGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Trousers, jungle pattern, heavy cotton shades of khaki, brown & green. Belt keepers same design. Pockets in legs at front. .2) Shirt, front buttoning, jungle patterned cotton. Corporal's stripes on sleeves. Breast pockets with flap fastenings. .3) Helmet, Kevlar camouflage pattern. .4) & .5) Gloves, pair, green khaki knit fabric with false leather PVC? insert down front. Gathered at writs, label inside. .6) & .7) Boots, pair, light khaki, leather combat with moulded composite soles, cotton laces. .8) United Nations beret, blue. Gold gilt & white enamel UN badge pinned on front. Black cotton fabric lined. Edge bound through which is threaded a drawstring black tape. .9) Wide brimmed UN sun hat, blue with black chin strap. Metal edged ventilation holes around crown. White embroidered UN badge on front of crown. Cotton hat band sewn at intervals. Close circles of stitching around brim to stiffen. .10) Jacket, heavy, camouflage, twill weave cotton. Front fastened with zipper. Breast & side pockets fastened with heavy press studs.

Inscriptions & Markings

.2) Breast pockets name: DOLE .3) Written inside in texta: DOL 312 Scribbled out: Ball 4100612 Written inside in pen: DOLE 3805312 Written inside on back: DOLE .10) Label inside centre back: Logo & AVA Victoria 1998 Washing instructions Made in Australia

BOOK - Contact: Australians in Vietnam

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Hard cardboard cover, khaki buckram with orange fly leaf. Front dust cover has a soldier carrying equipment, soldier on back has a rifle pointing straight upwards. 147 pages with cut edges & black print. Illustrated with black & white photos & maps.

Historical information

A pictorial history of servicemen & women during 1962 - 1972 whilst serving in South Vietnam. Lex McAuley, Author was born in 1939 in Innisfail, Queensland.

RIFLE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Armalite AR15. Ledger AZ58 see ledger Az58

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial number: 130388

SWORD & SCABBARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Home made short sword - blade length 31 cms Bound leather handle ,2) Scabbard, Bound leather with two flaps at tip

HANDKERCHIEF

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Embroidered white silk handkerchief with pink edges, small circles near each corner with leaf and flower designs and circular design in centre with leaves and flowers,

Historical information

Rupert Henry Treganowan No 18321. Sent by Rupert Treganowan to his sister Reka. Possibly made in Egypt in 1918. Refer 1862.5 for service history also 1861,1863.

POUCH WITH BELT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Dark Brown Leather Belt with a Brass Buckle Featuring an Eagle and cross one brass star mounted on the belt .2) Brown leather pouch with a leather closer Silver stud attached as a clasp Three leather loops on back to attach to the belt